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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.51
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date July 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of New Hampshire
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Miriam Nelson
Director
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

UNH has many committees that work on sustainability issues, including but not limited to:

- Energy Task Force - charged with maintaining and implementing the University's Climate Action Plan
- Ecosystem Task Force - charged with promoting healthy ecosystems and improved biodiversity on and beyond campus
- Sustainable Food System Task Force - works to ensure healthy, culturally appropriate, affordable and sustainable dining options are available to all campus community members
- Zero Waste Task Force - charged with advancing policies and programs that will bring the campus to zero waste status as soon as possible, and with evaluating progress
- Transportation Policy Committee - charged with advancing sustainable, equitable effective transportation demand strategies, including campus transit systems
- Lands Committee
- Trash 2 Treasure/Post Landfill Action Network Advisory Committees - focused on campus "move-out" programs
- UNH President's Commission on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
- UNH President's Commission on the Status of People of Color
- UNH President's Commission on the Status of Women
- UNH President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities
- Undergraduate Research Conference Committee
- Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project - promotes programming and opportunities on campus that highlight sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and social justice

And many others.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Each group has its own membership. Each group has representation from student, staff and faculty members. Membership information for the four main task forces (Energy, EcoSystem, Food, and Culture) can be found at http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/taskforces


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

UNH is home to the oldest endowed sustainability program in U.S. higher education -- the Sustainability Institute (UNHSI). Run by UNH's Chief Sustainability Officer, Dr. Tom Kelly and Institute Director, Dr. Miriam Nelson, UNHSI has six full-time staff, six faculty fellow scholars, one post-doc, two full-time/part-time hourly staff, and anywhere from 5-10 student interns at any one time.

We collaborate closely and support the efforts of other offices and departments working on sustainability on campus, including but not limited to the following:

- Energy Office
- Campus Planning
- Facilities
- Dining
- Housing
- Residential Life
- Communications and Marketing
- Each college, school, center and institute


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
9

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Tom Kelly, Ph.D., Chief Sustainability Officer; Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Over the last four years (2013-2017), UNHSI has coordinated and/or housed the NH Farm to School program, the NH Food Alliance, Food Solutions New England, Climate Solutions New England; administered the national Sustainability Fellows (formerly Climate Fellows) program; hosted and supported the Campus Carbon Calculator and CarbonMAP, used by thousands of campuses across the US, Canada and the globe; sponsored countless lecture series and films; completed UNH's greenhouse gas emissions inventory and collected and reported other sustainability data; presented at conferences and published articles; worked with students on initiatives like an annual Student Sustainability Summit, RecycleMania, and Trash 2 Treasure; supported faculty teaching and research in sustainability; and much more.


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